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What does it mean to be middle class? What appears to be middle class to one person might give off the feeling of wealth to another. Pew Research Center defines it this way: “Middle-income Americans are defined as adults whose annual household income is two-thirds to double the national median, after ...
Wonder why the rich get richer while the middle class shrinks? It's because the wealthy use their money to dominate government. Just look to the Illinois governor's race where two super-wealthy candidates overwhelmed their opposition with barrages of television ads and by spreading around contributions ...

California's housing crisis reaches from the homeless to the middle class — but it's still almost impossible to fix. Michael Hiltzik. By Michael Hiltzik. Mar 29, 2018 | 9:55 AM. California's housing crisis reaches from the homeless to the middle class — but it's still almost. Only the most glaring manifestation of the state's housing ...
The middle class would seem to hold the economic fate of the world in its hands, considering the frequency with which it appears in media debates and academic discussions. A large, thriving middle class has been associated with a combination of stable political systems and sustained rates of economic ...
Before 1968, America's small African-American middle class operated mostly in a segregated world. Black-owned funeral homes, pharmacies, restaurants and clubs served a mostly black clientele in neighborhoods like Detroit's Black Bottom, soon to be razed for "urban renewal" — decimated like many ...
James Earl Davis, a Professor of Urban Education at Temple University and his golden doodle, Baldwin, pictured in his home in East Germantown. (Brad Larrison for WHYY). Temple University education professor James Earl Davis and his partner moved into their stately 150-year-old Victorian home in ...

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WTOK) - Alabama's governor has signed into law a bill that provides the biggest tax break for the state's middle-class in over a decade. According to Kay Ivey's office, the new law raises the threshold for claiming the maximum exception for state income taxes. For married couples filing ...
California's lush coastline, balmy climate and post World War II economic promise made it an easy sell as America's middle class paradise in the 1950s. “The California Dream of two or three generations ago was, 'I'm going to move from a place that's cold and flat to a place where there's lots of opportunity ...
This split is playing out right along with the shrinking of the US middle class (paywall). Over the last decade, most Americans saw their discretionary funds either fail to grow or even shrink. The bottom 40%, for instance, actually had less discretionary money to spend in 2016 than in 2007. For the middle 40% ...
In 2010, the Brookings Institute offered a "watershed" report stating that the global "middle class" was set to explode, almost entirely from the Chinese and Indian poor populations urbanizing and transitioning to the middle class (middle class meaning annual incomes, per household of four, from $14,600 to ...
The definition of "middle class" is complex. After all, class can be defined by many things: income, net worth, education and occupation, for example. Nonetheless, Pew Research Center took a stab at defining class in a 2016 report, noting that "the income it takes to be middle-income varies by household ...
Middle-class voters on Hong Kong Island stayed loyal to the pro-democracy bloc and helped Au Nok-hin win the seat in Sunday's Legislative Council by-election, while those living in the richest and poorest neighbourhoods backed pro-establishment candidate Judy Chan Ka-pui.
HELENA - Former Vice President Joe Biden urged Democrats in Helena and across the state Saturday night to fight for the middle class, which he said made America the power and beacon of the modern world. “But for an aspirational middle class that is constantly rising, we would not have had the social ...
In the unfolding 21st century, many shrinking cities must alter their focus from sustaining the most distressed communities to enabling the continued success of middle class neighborhoods. In many ways, this shift will be as politically challenging as helping citizens understand the need to abandon ...
California's lush coastline, balmy climate and post World War II economic promise made it an easy sell as America's middle class paradise in the 1950s. “The California Dream of two or three generations ago was, 'I'm going to move from a place that's cold and flat to a place where there's lots of opportunity ...
For more than half a century, the term “the American middle-class,” has served as a political reference to white American upward mobility. This was less an artifact of particular calculations than one of historical experiences and demographic realities. Since at least the 1950s, Americans who were neither ...
Like so many middle-class workers, Wright is stuck. She can't afford current market-rate housing in Boston but she does not qualify for subsidized housing. As someone who was born in Boston and has lived here her entire life, she feels like one of the forgotten, like the city is telling her “get out, get out,” she ...

(1 of ) Middle-class Americans earned about $39,000 to $115,000 in 2016, according to the Pew Research Center, but middle-class incomes vary at state and city levels. Click through our gallery to see how your hometown measures up against other North Bay cities. (Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2016 ...
California's lush coastline, balmy climate and post World War II economic promise made it an easy sell as America's middle class paradise in the 1950s. “The California Dream of two or three generations ago was, `I'm going to move from a place that's cold and flat to a place where there's lots of opportunity ...
The former math professor who reported income of less than $35,000 last year is campaigning as a middle-class candidate in an Illinois governor's race that includes a couple millionaires and a billionaire. Biss seems to be gaining support for his progressive campaign. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast).
Policymakers in states across the country know that encouraging a skilled, reliable workforce is one of the most important actions they can take to build a strong economy and a ladder to a thriving middle-class. But a bill in the Virginia General Assembly undermining apprenticeship programs would shrink ...
Biss, a former math professor who reported income of less than $35,000 last year, has gained support in recent weeks campaigning as a progressive who's something the other top candidates are not: part of the middle class. In TV ads filmed in his family's modest home, he talks about sending his kids to public school and ...
Young middle-class professionals are half as likely to get on the housing ladder as they were 20 years ago, a new study has found as Tory MPs warned that the issue is an "iceberg" that could sink the party at the next election. A report by the Institute for Fiscal Studies said that just one in four young ...
Editor's note: This commentary is by Moshe Braner, of Essex, a political independent who works as a statistical analyst. The proposal for a new education tax formula is being described by Reps. Mitzi Johnson and Janet Ancel as making the education tax “simple and transparent.” But we're only told totals ...
Over the past four decades, California middle-class incomes have stagnated, according to a recent study by the Stanford economist Raj Chett. The median California family is only making marginally more now than they were in 1980. In 2016, the median household income in the state was $67,739. In 1980 ...
Financially, middle class African-Americans are better off than they have been in decades past. But when you look at their growth compared to that of other ethnic groups, the progress is comparatively slow. Some even say that progress has plateaued or is dropping off. In 2017, analysis of census data ...
The former math professor who reported income of less than $35,000 last year is campaigning as a middle-class candidate in an Illinois governor's race that includes a couple millionaires and a billionaire. Biss seems to be gaining support for his progressive campaign. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast), ...
With few competitors, in the past department stores competed on quality service, a broad range of well-regarded brands that appealed to the emerging middle class, standing for quality and a degree of fashion forwardness (without being so edgy as to turn off the mainstream). As such, the stores also ...
“Someone like the author who belonged to the middle class had to suffer like this, if the same situation happens on thousands of grass-roots family, they might not even know how to handle it,” wrote one commenter (link in Chinese) on Weibo. “The hospitals in Beijing and Shanghai are not for common ...
Lawmakers have enacted dozens of tax incentives targeted at middle-class families. Taking full advantage of these tax breaks is particularly important for dual-income couples because there's a good chance they'll get hit by the marriage penalty—when two individuals pay more in taxes as a married couple ...
Growing inequality in the U.S. and labor automation could put a quarter of the U.S. workforce out of a job by the end of next decade, according to management consulting firm Bain & Co. That could put a chokehold on economic growth. To address that threat, the firm proposes the kind of solution not often ...
The budget plan passed in the wee hours of the night on Friday not only put a quick end to the second shutdown of 2018 but also temporarily breathed life into several expired tax deductions. Under the plan many of these tax breaks were only extended retroactively for 2017. As such, their future remains ...
In fact, so well told is the story, not to mention so long ago, that it can seem remote. Only a few days ago, someone I follow on Twitter recounted the time a child in her teacher husband's class had come into school in Emily Davison fancy dress by dint of a horseshoe painted over her face. That is why, as we ...
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today said the youth and the middle class sections are “disenchanted” with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the party will ... less than 215 seats, unemployment biggest problem, youth worried abt its future, middle class very disenchanted wid BJP (sic),” Kerjiwal tweeted.
SINGAPORE -- Midsize companies in Southeast Asia are thriving, helped by the region's growing middle class and public works spending. ... The expansion of the middle class and swelling infrastructure investment have helped local companies increase their revenues and profits, which in turn has ...
This is why a $1.50 increase is not only noticeable by a person with a middle-class job but a "pleasant surprise." To make matters worse, a part of her happiness is just that it went up at all. This is far better than it going down, or even losing the income entirely. We can assume this mindset is not exceptional.
According to a newly discovered patent, Facebook has developed a system (or perhaps just a system concept) that figures out whether users belong to one of three different socioeconomic groups, one being “middle class.” This determination would be made based on info the user has provided, including ...
However, the economists also highlighted a list of colleges that defy these two archetypes, where large numbers of low-income students are admitted, graduate and earn middle- or upper-middle-class incomes as adults. Topping this list (see adjacent chart) is the Los Angeles campus of California State ...
"Trump's tax reform plan was nothing more than a middle-class tax increase," Ting, who formerly served as San Francisco's Assessor-Recorder, said in the statement. "It is unconscionable to force working families to pay the price for tax breaks and loopholes benefiting corporations and wealthy individuals.".
Mary Lou McDonald is a “middle-class” politician from the same background as Leo Varadkar who may not appeal to working-class people, Labour has said. Brendan Howlin, was responding to the announcement over the weekend that Ms McDonald is taking over from Gerry Adams as the leader of Sinn ...
I agree and commend you for advocating for the poor in this city, as well as veterans and the need for local investment especially after the losses of DaVita, Russell group and most recently State Farm. And yes, we have a deepwater port that needs to be utilized in a manner that is both business-friendly and ...
Sub-Saharan Africa's rising population and economies have led to a growing middle class and, in turn, more spending power which provides "a vast source of potential for prosperity," per experts at the African Development Bank. The big picture: Since 2000, the wealth of sub-Saharan African nations has been growing ...
He said that for the term middle class to have greater meaning, it must take into account more than just income and include things such as work relationships, changes in the way previously poor people interact with the elite, and some kind of measure of how they see themselves and imagine their futures.
Among the middle-class (which Wolff defines as the middle 60 percent of the population by wealth or income), average debt dropped from $98,100 in 2007 to $69,900 in 2016. Lower debt suggests that many Americans are less vulnerable to an economic slump than in the 2007-09 Great Recession.
An ACE Cash Express outlet on San Mateo Boulevard in Albuquerque, N.M., sits on a block that has several small loan storefronts. The lenders who advance people money on their paychecks charge exorbitant interest rates that often snare the most vulnerable customers in a cycle of debt, the industry's ...
Years of systemic inequalities have held many Americans back from reaching the middle class. But our country remains full of men and women who are hopeful—men and women who want to work and are eager for opportunities to improve their communities. Through programs like LEAP, we are creating ...
PHILADELPHIA – As part of his “Jobs That Pay” initiative, Gov. Tom Wolf announced a proposal to strengthen the middle class by modernizing Pennsylvania's outdated overtime rules to increase the pay of nearly half-a-million people to ensure they are compensated fairly for their hard work.
Hard working middle class residents will see tax increases (some almost immediately and the rest within a couple of years) due to lost deductions. At the same time, large corporations and the nation's very wealthiest will see large tax cuts. For example, at least 1/3 of us count on SALT (State and Local Tax ...
One type of multilingual school system known as dual-immersion allows students with varying language skills to thrive in a space together by rotating the language of instruction. While the dual-immersion system fulfills a lot of needs in the modern school system, their rapidly growing popularity among ...
Supply and demand have come to bear on the housing market, and it's putting some cities out of reach for much of the middle class. The city of Denver has a plan to deal with the problem: housings subsidies. The subsidies aim to help middle-class professionals, like nurses and teachers, afford higher end ...


 

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